Must-See Venues

Welcome to the East San Fernando Valley State Senate District

Sen. Bob Hertzberg has lived much of his life in the San Fernando Valley, and below are but a handful of the area’s many attractions. Watch this space as he continues to provide suggested ‘must-see’ places, landmarks and highlights needed to know and appreciate some of the major attractions his district has to offer. As always, suggestions are gratefully accepted.

CSUN Valley Performing Arts Center
The Valley Performing Arts Center, above, is located at the heart of California State University, Northridge. The venue officially opened in January of 2011 and encompasses more than 166,000 square feet. Every season the Valley Performance Arts Center offers a performance program that captivates audiences from all throughout the San Fernando Valley.  The Center includes a 1,700-seat multipurpose concert hall that hosts a variety of performances, including music, film and dance. 

Hansen Dam
Built by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Hansen Dam has been a staple of Lake View Terrace since the 1940s. While at first it was just a flood control dam, Hansen Dam has grown to include several recreational activities and features that are used by the citizens of Lake View Terrace and the San Fernando Valley. There is the Hansen Dam Recreation Center, the Hansen Dam Aquatic Center, and the Hansen Dam Golf Course available for public use. Hansen Dam also includes a recreation lake that is available for boating and fishing.

NoHo Arts District
The NoHo Arts District is vibrant community located in North Hollywood that is the home of several theatres, art galleries, and recording studios. Inspired by New York’s SoHo Arts District, the NoHo Arts District was established in 1992 by business owners with help from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Since its establishment, the community has grown to host more than 20 professional theaters, numerous dance studios and several public art galleries. Today, the NoHo Arts District continues to grow with development projects and beautification efforts to attract more businesses.

Granada Hills Charter High School
Granada Hills Charter High School is the top public high school in Los Angeles and also the largest charter high school in the United States. Originally a regular public high school founded in 1960, Granada Hills Charter High attained its charter status in 2003. In addition to exceptional schoolwide academic achievement, GHCHS has an impressive 98-percent graduation rate and 95-percent college acceptance rate. In 2011, Granada Hills Charter High was named an International Baccalaureate World School, an honor only awarded to a handful of schools in California.

Elmer Street Project
Once just a beautiful residential street, the Elmer Street Project has transformed Elmer Street into a model for sustainability and water infiltration. Tools such as drought-tolerant plants, pavers and rain barrels are used for maximum water retention. Elmer Street also includes a giant cistern located underneath the street that collects massive amounts of water to slowly and adequately feed the underground aquifer. The Elmer Street Project was established in 2010 and is located in Sun Valley.

San Fernando Mission
The Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana is a Spanish mission located in Mission Hills. Originally founded in 1797 as a Spanish mission named after Saint Ferdinand, San Fernando Mission now serves as a museum and historical monument. It can be considered the namesake for not only the city of San Fernando but also the whole San Fernando Valley. It is also the final resting place for legendary entertainer and comedian Bob Hope. 

(Photos by Ray Sotero)

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